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The era when teachers were “sages on the stage” is over.
In today’s classrooms and in the workplaces of tomorrow that your students will transform after they graduate, it’s all about collaboration. And technology enables collaboration like nothing else – if you equip learners with the right tools.
Equip learners for effective student-centered collaboration
The best outcomes for learners are delivered through the combination of a teacher-facilitated, whole-class discussion on a large interactive display, face-to-face, small group collaboration with active participation by all members and individual learning on mobile devices. A collaborative classroom that models this flow between whole-class, small group and individual learning better enables today’s student-centered learning needs with technology.
Whole-class learning moments are still important for foundation and modeling, but an interactive display is most effective when the teacher provides guided opportunities for small-group learning to build those critical collaborative skills.
If a classroom has one or multiple interactive displays, the premise is the same – a flexible and interactive learning space that facilitates collaborative learning for multiple students.
What’s working in SMART classrooms today
- Ian Fogarty makes an eloquent case for why small group collaboration is better and how this model raises student test scores compared to a use of conventional student devices alone
- Kate Seward’s students learn in a SMART Collaborative Classroom – check out her blog post to see it in action!
Products to facilitate better collaboration for your students
- The family of SMART interactive displays, including SMART Board interactive whiteboards, LightRaise 60wi interactive projector and SMART Board interactive flat panels
- SMART Notebook software
- SMART Notebook app for iPad or SMART Notebook Web Beta
- SMART Response interactive response system
- SMART Document Camera